How many times have we been so overwhelmed by accent pillows that we’re unsure how to create the perfect pillow mix? Too many. But the good news is, you don’t have to settle for one or a few matching pillows — to get that dreamy pillowscape you see on blogs and Instagram, you just need know what you love, how to set a tone, and play with patterns, texture, and colors to create new looks. Read on to see our styling tips for how to mix and match throw pillows.
Set Your Tone
This is optional, but if it’s helpful for you to consider a color palette or just one thematic color to unify the look, feel free. This can help create a more cohesive look for your living room or bedroom. You can use neutral throw pillows or pillows in matching bolder colors to make them look like they belong together.
Combine Different Textures
When it comes to interior design, combining different textiles and materials is a great, easy way to show depth. Mixing knits, fabric, faux fur, velvet, and more can give an organic, lived-in vibe to your space — comfortable and effortless, like you didn’t think about it too much but it still looks amazing. Details like tassels, fringe, pom poms, and different motifs make a neutral sofa and bedding more interesting. Textured pillows with a few solid color pillows will also look great in your bedroom or living room.
Get inspired with our 5 easy tips on how to decorate a neutral sofa with throw pillows!
Use an Unexpected Color
Your sofa pillows don’t have to match, and that’s really the main point. If you don’t want pillows in the same color scheme, go for it! Maybe you want green and blue, blush and blue, red and beige. Anything works with confidence. Try pillows in different colors and sizes — square pillows, a lumbar pillow, and more. If you have one unique pillow shape, try it in a bright, unexpected color or large scale print.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Prints
We are always supportive when it comes to mixing and matching patterns — especially since it’s so hard to decide on just one. The best advice when decorating is to just pick pillows you love and don’t worry about whether or not they go together. If you want to get more formulaic with your mixing, use the rule of a large scale pattern with a smaller pattern and keep the color scheme in the same family to be more cohesive. Stripes with floral patterns are always a good bet; same with chevron and polka dots together. The combinations are endless and fun, so get as creative with your pillowscape as you want!
Decorative pillows are super quick, easy, and fun ways to add personality and style to your space. Just remember: They never have to match! Have fun with your pillowscape, and if you aren’t comfortable mixing it up, just stick to a few general formulas to refresh your room: choose three different colors — a color story grounds your look and keeps things cohesive. Choose three different patterns that incorporate one of the colors. Select different pattern sizes to play with scale — this keeps the combined prints from competing with each other. Make sure you’re mixing textures too!